YELLOW SUBMARINE RISING: Currents within Asian American Art Themes, Artists, and Special Events

November 22, 2022 (Orange County, CA) – The Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA) presents Yellow Submarine Rising: Currents within Asian American Art, a multidisciplinary art exhibition that opens on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 5pm to 10pm at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art running from December 3 until December 17, 2022. Admission and events are free and open to the public.

Featured artists are: Alina Kawaii, Alison Ho, Antonius-Tin Bui, Binh Danh, Bonnie Huang, Jave Yoshimoto, Victo Ngai. Alison Ho, Alina Kawaii, Victo Ngai and Bonnie Huang will be available on Opening Night for interviews. 

Curated by Thuy N.D. Tran, the exhibition reflects upon the Asian American experience and was conceived as an urgent response to the exponential rise in racially-driven hate crimes committed against the AAPI community. Yellow Submarine Rising is organized into four themed galleries: Cultural Legacies, Belonging_Home, Elevating Empowerment, and Transferences and Futures.

Complete exhibition info can be found at

Selected artwork:

Courtesy of the artist: Jave Yoshimoto, One: Limbo, ink on paper | 2011
Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago:
Antonius-Tin Bui, Not Sorry for the Trouble (No, where are YOU from?),
hand and laser cut color paper | 2019
Courtesy of the artist: Victo Ngai, Portrait 5k from the Project Honor series, ink on paper | 2011

Special Exhibition Programming includes:

  • Saturday, December 3, 2022, 5pm to 10pm – Opening Night Reception will include opening remarks by curator, Thuy N.D. Tran; featured artists Alison Ho, Alina Kawaii, Victo Ngai and Bonnie Huang; and live poetry and spoken word performances by local artists (7pm to 8:30pm). Live DJ and light refreshments will be available throughout the night. RSVP here.
  • Saturday, December 10, 2022, 1pm to 3pm – Family Day Event will include childrens’ author panel and childrens’ book readings with award-winning authors Muon Thi Van, Van Hoang and Rene Colato Laine; programming includes family-friendly craft activities. RSVP here.
  • Saturday, December 17, 2022, 2pm to 3pm – Conversations with world-class artist Binh Danh, discussing his artistic practice and new monograph, Binh Danh: The Enigma of Belonging (Radius Books, 2022). RSVP here.


YELLOW SUBMARINE RISING: Currents within Asian American Art 

Saturday, December 3, 2022 to December 17, 2022 

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art 

117 N Sycamore St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Opening Reception on Saturday, December 3, 2022, 5pm to 10pm

Gallery hours: Friday – Sunday, 12pm to 5pm

More information at


Please note COVID-19 safety protocols. Masks are not required but strongly recommended while in the gallery space. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) and supported in part by the California Department of Social Service Stop The Hate – Transformative funding. 



Founded in 1991 by Vietnamese American journalists, artists and community members to fill a void and provide a space for artists to express themselves as a newly resettled immigrant community, the mission of the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) is to connect and enrich communities through Vietnamese arts and culture. Celebrating its 30th year of service, VAALA collaborates with diverse community partners to organize community-centered events, including art exhibitions, book signings, music recitals, plays and its annual Viet Film Fest and Gallery Beyond Walls programming. More information about VAALA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.



Christine Tran

VAALA Managing Director

(714) 805-7363